The Curse of St. Trinian's: The Best of the Drawings Hardcover – 18 Mar 1993
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I am not sure if the St. Trinian's ethos is is fully appreciated by anyone other than we Brits but if you have ever spent part of your precious childhood in a boarding school for girls only then you will probably get the picture.
Anarchic, wicked, very funny and even subversive, these 'cartoon's of scrawny girls in gymslips and wrinkled black stockings are just superb.
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(Ditto the boys who delve into the morose world of Molesworth, anti-hero of St Custards and Searle's male equivalent of Psyche Pathick, Deidre O'Hooligan and the other St Trinian's femmes.)
However, even though the girls who attended an anonymous English boarding school alongside Searle's sister (thus inspiring his gin-swilling, pool playing, card dealing heroines)are now genteel English grandmothers, human nature remains unchanged.
You don't have to have been sent (at great expense and often at questionable result) by your parents to attend a privately-run day or boarding school to relate to this and the other St Trinians' books...although it helps.
But wherever and whenever you attended school, some of the characters who attend roll call at St Trinians will be awfully familiar ...like the pushy, social-climbing noveau riche parents and their oh-so-elitist "old money" counterparts. The nervous, easily fooled new teacher and the hard-as-nails longtimer. The sociopathic school bully and the phobic school goody-goody. The teacher's pet and the teacher's terror.
If nothing else, take a gentle trip back to the time when the idea of disgruntled schoolchildren carrying guns and taking teachers hostage was the height of satire...not the nightly news!